Public transport

Public transport in Dubai life

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that in the first half of 2022, the number of passengers using public transport and shared modes of transport in Dubai, including Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, public buses, sea means of transport (Abra, ferry, water taxi, water bus), e-hail, smart car hire, Bus-On-Demand and taxis (Dubai Taxi and franchised taxis) was almost 304.6 million. This number is quite comparable to the number raised in the first half of 2021, which was around 202 million passengers. The average daily number of passengers using public transport, shared vehicles and taxis in the first half of 2022 was around 1.68 million, up from 1.1 million in the first half of 2021.

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director General, Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority Board of Executive Directors, said: “The largest share in the number of passengers using public transport and taxis came from Dubai Metro, with 36% for Dubai Metro and 29% for taxis, while public buses accounted for 26%. March 2022 was the busiest of all months, registering 62 million journeys to coincide with the end of Expo 2020 in Dubai. In other months, passenger numbers ranged from 46 million to 49 million. The first half of 2022 saw a 3% increase in passenger numbers compared to the same period in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic. This is an important indicator of the growing demand for public transport facilities, as well as the revival of economic activity in Dubai.”

In the first half of 2022, Dubai Tram served 3.6 million passengers, public buses served 78.6 million passengers and marine modes of transport (abras, water bus, water taxi and ferry) served 8.2 million passengers. Means of shared mobility (e-hailing, smart car rental, Bus-On-Demand) served 16.4 million passengers, while taxis (Dubai Taxi and franchisees) served 88.7 million passengers.

 “These results reflect the effectiveness of RTA’s plans and programmes implemented to provide a variety of mobility options for the emirate’s residents. Dubai’s fully integrated public transport network has become the backbone of how people move around Dubai. The network has managed to bring about a change and evolution in the culture and public attitudes towards using more transport modes,” said Al Tayer.

“The RTA’s strategic and executive plans are built on the principle of integration. Thus, seamless transport in the emirate depends on providing integrated solutions to expand and improve the network of roads, crossings and public transport facilities, including metro, trams, buses, maritime vehicles, first- and last-mile mobility facilities and shared transport. It also depends on improving and integrating facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and upgrading traffic, roads and public transport systems for optimal use and efficiency. Elements of smooth mobility also encompass the implementation of policies that can limit people’s reliance on private cars and increase their reliance on other means of mobility, including public and shared transport,” concluded Al Tayer.

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